Saturday, December 28, 2013

CRAZIEST CHRISTMAS EVER


This past week has been a blur.  A week ago, we lost our power for 48 hours, due to the massive ice storm in the north east U.S. and Canada,  and although we made it through relatively comfortably,  compared to others that are still without power, many things like special Christmas baking, did not get done this year.  I considered myself lucky to get the presents wrapped and under the tree on Christmas eve lol!  We had a lovely Christmas day, spending the morning at our daughter's house, opening gifts, and Christmas dinner with everyone later in the day.   I am tired and am honestly, glad the mad rush is over for another year. 

Yesterday, we went to Kingston, to spend the day with Neil's brother, his niece and her family and one of his nephew's girlfriend and her mum.  The company was fabulous, and the meal with scrumptious and it was nice to get to know Savannah and her mum, Gwyn.

Savannah is a beautiful, intelligent, talented 16 year old, who has been dating Neil's nephew since last summer.  She is a singer/songwriter/musician who plays local venues in the area she lives, and at places like the Kitchener Blues Fest.  She will be releasing her first single in the near future.  This is a song she wrote for her boyfriend (Neil's nephew).  She also wrote the music, did the arrangement and all the background vocals and played the piano, as well - we were blown away by it.  Savannah, we wish you all the best in pursuing your dreams. I've added a few pictures of our day and you can listen to Savannah's song by clicking this link.  I hope you enjoy it.


Duke, the beagle, after being sent to bed for clearing a dish of chocolate rosebuds in the time it took Neil's niece and I to wrap one gift lol.  He wasn't the slightest bit apologetic.  Poor Duke has a hard life, as you can see.

The house looked wonderful, with all the decorations.

  Savannah and her mum, Gwyn.

Neil's other nephew, Ryan - Savannah's boyfriend was in Sault Ste. Marie, playing OHL hockey. Ryan plays OHL for Kingston.

Carl, getting ready to take Ryan back to his billets, before curfew.

 Savannah gave us a medley of her favourite songs.

Friday, December 6, 2013

PANINI THE CLOWN

I was just playing the other day, and this wee fellow was born.  Panini has a very sweet face and is a tiny 3 1/4 inches tall.  He is made from short, cream, German mohair and is stuffed with excelsior and tiny steel shot, for weight.  Panini has German amber eyes, a sparse waxed nose and is shaded on his face ears and paws, or a vintage look.  His mohair and wool felt paw pads are aged and distressed, with tiny spots missing fur and the excelsior poking through the paw pads.  Panini wears a green organza clown ruffle and a wool felt clown hat, that are both removable.  He also has two green pompoms sewn on his tummy.  He will be my bear until the holidays are over - thanks for peeking.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WORKING HARD

I was very pleased today to have my two Judges Choice awards from the Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards, arrive this morning.  These are just beautiful trophies and I will display them with pride. The voting for the People's Choice is happening online right now, up until October 31st -  you can still vote by clicking here.  Please stop by and support your favourite artists.
Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 1, 2013

EXCELLENCE IN BEAR ARTISTRY AWARDS 2013

Well, I am delighted to announce that two of my bears have won 'Judges Choice' awards in the Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards, 2013 - Capt. Max Abercrombie in the Miniatures Dressed category and Jasper Wentworth in Dressed 4" - 10" category.  I am honoured to be among such amazing talent.  All Judges Choice winners receive a lovely crystal award and move on the the People's Choice competition - I am posting pictures of my two bears, below.  Voting is September 1st - October 31st and you can vote online by clicking here

Please support  your favourite artists by voting and let Susan know how much this new competition means for us.   The People's Choice winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner of the Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event, Sheffield, England,  on Saturday 16th November 2013.  Thanks so much, for dropping by!

Capt. Max Abercrombie



 Jasper Wentworth


Sunday, August 11, 2013

I'M BACK, FINALLY!

It's been a long time since I posted a bear and it feels good to be back in production, however limited it is.  My broken arm and shoulder are fine but the stubborn tendonitis in my left upper arm and bursitis in my left shoulder, continue to plague me. :o(  I'm trying to go slow, so i won't aggravate it any more and I'm using my Tens machine on it to help with pain, so I will have to see how things go.

Anyway, I'd like to introduce, McNamara, a centre seam bear.  He is 6 3/4 inches tall, fully disc-jointed and is made from hand-dyed, red, semi-distressed German mohair, that has been gently aged and distressed.  McNamara is firmly stuffed with excelsior and gently weighted with steel shot.  He has black German glass eyes, a sparse, waxed nose and distressed, wool felt paw pads (with bits of excelsior showing through).  Please note McNamara is a lovely red, not the orangy red he appears to be here.  He was very hard to photograph.

McNamara wears a wool felt clown hat, decorated with tiny vintage bells and the hat is aged to look old.   His collar is a wired ribbon, decorated with music notes and his little metal badge is decorated with tiny sheet music, and covered with resin.  McNamara's shipping is $15.00 by UPS to locations in continental North America and $15.00 to Europe.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at:  thumperantiques2002@yahoo.ca.   I will be away until Thursday afternoon, August 15th, with no internet access, and will respond to any enquiries at that time.  Thanks for peeking!
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

FAMILY

Today was a really good day.  July is a month with a lot of birthdays in our family - my hubby, Neil's, is July 10th, our daughter's partner, Tim's is today, July 20th, and our ex-son-in-law, Jean-Marc's birthday is July 24th.  Neil told our grandson he would take him, Jacob, (Tim's son) and two friends for a day of paintball for his birthday - they were thrilled.  Then Tim, and Jean-Marc, and his partner's son, Brandon, wanted to join in and finally our son, Neal, is home visiting from his job in South Korea, so he didn't want to be left out (are your confused yet) LOL!  So , ALL the boys from our crazy, jumbled up family, went to paintball to celebrate all three birthdays.  They went through 4500 paint balls in 5  hours and had a blast, while Sarah, Kym (Jean-Marc's partner) and myself, relaxed and had a great visit.  The boys, finally came home to our daughter's house, exhausted and happy, ate burgers and lots of other goodies, then jumped in the pool, while all the adults relaxed with a few cold ones, before presents were given out and ice cream cake was cut.  I am grateful every day that Corson get's to enjoy the company of all his parents, natural and otherwise, and loves his "brothers".  We ARE family!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SWEET AURELIA

Recently, I arranged to do a swap with a Danish bear maker, Tina Jensen.  I have been wanting one of her bears for a long time and was delighted when Tina agreed to the swap.  This was all before I fractured my arm and shoulder in four places!  Thank goodness, I had finished my bear for her, Hugo the Magnificent, a 4 inch clown teddy.  I knew Tina had mailed Aurelia last week, but I didn't expect her to arrive so quickly, just when I was frustrated with my limitations, from my arm.  She was a welcome delight and I have barely put her down, since she arrived.

Aurelia is just over 3 inches and made of beautiful mauve fur.  She has the sweetest face and the tiniest of roses on her head.  She begs to be hugged but you have to be careful as there is barely anything to hug lol.  I eventually settled on tons of snuggles and kisses.  Aurelia came with the tiniest vintage child's cup and saucer, from Tina's childhood.  It's the perfect place for her to sit.  She will hold a place of honour in my curio cabinet, when I can finally put her down.  Thank you, Tina - I adore her.  I had fun playing with her photo, as well.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!  :o)


 Hugo the Magnificent

Friday, May 10, 2013

BEARS ARE ON HOLD

For those of you who stop by on occasion to visit my blog, I want to let you know I won't be posting any new bears for a while.  I had an accident and fractured my arm and my shoulder so it has to heal and then there will be physio : o(  I am hoping all goes well, now that they have identified the issues and I will be back as soon as I can.  In the mean time, I'm posting a picture of the newest acquisition to my own hug - he's doing a brilliant job of keeping me company and cheering me up :o) but he hasn't got a name yet - any suggestions?


Sunday, April 14, 2013

RAZZLE DAZZLE THE CLOWN

Wow, two posts in two days - that's the first in a very long time :o)  I've finished the second bear that I've been working on for weeks.  His name is Razzle Dazzle and he is one of my clowns.  He is make from semi sparse German Shulte mohair and he has been aged and shaded to give him vintage appeal.
Razzle Dazzle is 6 1/4 inches tall, fully disc jointed, stuffed with excelsior and steel shot for an antique feel.  His eyes are German amber glass and his sparse nose is waxed.  Razzle Dazzle has a few bald spots, along with tiny holes in his aged, wool felt paw pads, where his excelsior shows through.

Razzle Dazzle is wearing a wool felt clown hat and a matching organza ruffle, that have also been aged.  They are both removable, if for some reason he tires of being a clown.  If you are interested in Razzle Dazzle or have any questions, just drop me an email. Shipping to most places in North America is $15.00 and overseas shipping Europe is $15.00.  All other destinations to be determined. I hope you like him and thanks for stopping by.
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Poor Honey felt a little under-dressed when she saw the lovely clown outfit for Razzle Dazzle, so to humor her, I let her try it on - she looks pretty cute.  If anyone would be interested in Honey, with a clown outfit instead, I would be happy to make one for her.